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The Best Current Black TV Shows 

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Updated July 10, 2020 32.4k votes 8.1k voters 474k views 58 items

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These are the best current Black TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of these good current African American TV series are comedies, and others, quite obviously, are dramas. A few of the top current Black TV shows even feature live performance, music, and interviews.

What shows appear on this best current Black TV shows list? With an all-star cast including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish is one of the best ABC comedies currently on television. Other hilarious and popular shows featuring great African American actors include Real Husbands of Hollywood, Atlanta, and Insecure.

There are also several great current Black dramas including Scandal and The Chi. Whether it be comedies or dramas, these shows are often where young Black actors first gain notice and become household names.

Give the best shows a thumbs up and vote others down accordingly. Do you have a favorite current Black TV show this year? See what television shows with mostly Black casts have new episodes in 2020.

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Power is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
JoJo Brown added Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton

Premiered: 2014

Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more

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The Best Episodes of 'The Chi' #70 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #132 of 164 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Shalisse added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Laura Shavers added Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Ashley Prince added Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe

Premiered: 2016

Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings - an activist (Rutina Wesley), a sports manager (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), and a single father ...more

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Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Ashley Prince added Greenleaf Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross

Premiered: 2016

Greenleaf (OWN, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Craig Wright. The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and

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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios

Premiered: 2017

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Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begin ...more

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The Best Episodes of 'Grown-ish' #64 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #112 of 164 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a ...more

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
SarahSlayz added Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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Claws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes

Premiered: 2017

Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of ...more

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The Haves And The Have N... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
LeCitha White added The Haves And The Have Nots Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless

Premiered: 2013

The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, 2013) is an American drama series created by Tyler Perry. Centers on the rich Cryer and Harrington families (the haves) and the poor Young family (the have ...more

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If Loving You Is Wrong ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added Amanda Clayton, Edwina Findley, Heather Hemmens

Premiered: 2014

If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN, 2014) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Tyler Perry. The series focuses on the lives and relationships of a group of five husbands and wives ...more
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The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
NeNe Leakes, DeShawn Snow, Shereé Whitfield

Premiered: 2008

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional ...more

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Love & Hip Hop: Atla... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added Joseline Hernandez, Erica Dixon, Rasheeda

Premiered: 2012

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1, 2012) is an American reality television series, and the second installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Featuring appearances from notable figures ...more
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Premiered: 2019

Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin

Premiered: 2019

Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same name written by Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. The story revolves around a successful ...more

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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney

Premiered: 2019

Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young ...more

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American Soul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
American Soul Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden , Iantha Richardson

Premiered: 2019

American Soul (BET, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jonathan Prince. The series tells the story of Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls) and the creation of his legendary music ...more

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David Makes Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre

Premiered: 2019

David Makes Man (OWN, 2019) is an American coming-of-age drama television series. The show follows a 14 year old genius named David (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death ...more

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Tales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Boris Kodjoe, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks
Tales (BET, 2017) is an American drama anthology television series created by Irv Gotti. Each episode tells a new "tale" inspired by past and current hip-hop songs weaved into visually ...more
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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall

Premiered: 2019

Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street stockbroker (Andrew Rannell) starts working for an eccentric veteran (Don Cheadle) who has secrets ...more

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Mixed-ish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Premiered: 2019

Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji, and a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun-off ...more

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Family Reunion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Tim Mowry, Anthony Alabi, Loretta Devine

Premiered: 2019

Family Reunion (Netflix, 2019) is an American television comedy series. When the McKellan family, headed by Moses 'Moz' McKellen (Anthony Alabi), move from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to ...more

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